McClellin was eligible to return to the Patriots this week, but that won’t happen now and Ian Rapoport says that he’s likely out for the season.
New England was looking forward to McClellin returning after losing Dont’a Hightower for the season. However, it appears as though we won’t see McClellin again until next year.
The Patriots officially designated McClellin as one of their two players to return from injured reserve a few weeks ago, which opened a three-week window of time for New England to add him to their active roster.
McClellin, 28, is a former first-round pick of the Bears back in 2012. Chicago declined his fifth-year option, which allowed him to test the open market and he eventually signed a three-year, $8.95 million contract with $3.5 million guaranteed with the Patriots last year.
McClellin stands to make base salaries of $1.9 million and $2.15 million over the next two years of the agreement.
He was placed on injured reserve coming out of the preseason.
In 2016, McClellin appeared in 14 games and recorded 41 tackles, one sack and a fumble recovery.